Why You Should Make Roller Skating Your Go-To Hobby

friendsHave you been searching for fun things to do during spring and summer? Don’t let Mother Nature dictate your plans. Outsmart her! You can roller skate at Skate World Center – rain or shine! Check out a few reasons why you should start roller skating today:

Roller Skating is a Social Activity

School is a great place to meet friends and socialize. But, in the upcoming summer months, students likely won’t see everyone from their class. Come to Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL to meet new friends! You’ll meet like-minded people who love to have fun. It’s a great way to spend your afternoons during the spring and summer seasons.

Roller Skating is a Mode of Transportation

If you’re under 16-years-old, you’re not allowed to drive a car by yourself. But, this summer, you may have places to be! Roller skating is a great mode of transportation, especially in cities that have a lot of sidewalks. As always, take precaution when you’re skating to stay out of the way of vehicles, and wear the protective gear in order to stay safe.

Roller Skating is a Fun Way to Lose Weight

If you dread going to the gym and are looking for a fun way to lose weight, roller skating is a great way to get in shape! It tones your muscles, burns calories, and improves your heart health. Additionally, it’s great for your emotional health. Roller skating can boost your mood and help you sleep sounder at night.

We bet that once you start roller skating, you’ll fall in love with the activity. So check out our hours and skate with us today!

What to Wear While Roller Skating at Skate World Center

roller skating outfitAre you searching for a fun activity in Tallahassee, Florida, that will keep you entertained for hours? Look no further than roller skating at Skate World! At our skating center, you’ll have a blast and get great exercise at the same time.

You’re probably wondering what to wear while roller skating. Check out these helpful tips:

Thick & High Socks

The right socks are imperative for a successful roller skating outing. Whether you’re trying to get in shape by roller skating regularly or skating just for fun, the wrong socks could ruin your day. Make sure you wear thick, high socks to avoid blisters. The right socks will also help your roller skates fit just right. This will help you skate better – which, in turn, will help you have an awesome time!

Comfortable Clothing

When you roller skate, you want to be comfortable. Wear clothing that allows for plenty of movement and makes you feel confident. One of the best parts of roller skating is wearing flashy clothes! Dress up as much as you want and head to the rink. You’ll fit right in with the coolest kids in town.

Protective Gear

Wearing protective roller skating gear is always a good idea. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or millionth time roller skating. When you wear gear, you can skate with confidence because you know that if you fall, you’re protected! The team at Skate World Center suggests wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist pads.

Now that you have dressed the part, head to Skate World Center with your friends to enjoy endless hours of fun. Check out our hours!

Skating Field Trips: More Than Just Fun!

Every student loves field trips! A break from the daily routine is refreshing and helps kids and teachers re-engage with material while having a fun break. At Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL, we’re proud to offer some of the most fun and educational field trips for all students from kindergarten up through 12th grade. Why should you book your field trip with us?apple on books - field trips

All field trips are good for kids–they promote critical thinking, social skills, and even empathy. Not only that, but experiences outside the classroom help students learn to apply their education to real-world situations. That serves to increase test scores and the extent to which students retain information. It also has a secondary benefit for teachers and parents who are tired of hearing “but when will we use this?”

With the growing importance of science, technology, engineering, and math in our society and lives, a STEM field trip at Skate World Center is just the thing your students need. Our professional educators will tailor your field trip to tie directly into what you’re studying in your classes, reinforcing your curriculum while still entertaining and engaging your students. And then at the end of your class time, the kids get to skate around and burn off all that extra energy before heading back to school.

When your students engage with their material hands-on, they understand it more deeply. Get them involved (and give yourself a break) in the science of roller skating with a field trip at Skate World Center!

3 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Activities They’ll Enjoy

Valentine's Day treatsValentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we bet you’re wondering how to make it special. Thankfully, we can help! From crafts to exercising, this Valentine’s Day can be full and fun. Consider these three ideas to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet:

Make Special Crafts

We know what you’re thinking. Who has time (or the energy) to make elaborate Valentine’s Day crafts with little children? Thankfully, there are incredibly easy and adorable Valentine’s Day crafts available! From crayon hearts to construction paper links, Valentine’s Day can be full of fun crafts that won’t give mom or dad a headache.

Plant Flowers & Bake Desserts

Giving your special someone flowers and chocolate are a given on Valentine’s Day. But what if you switched it up this year? Instead of purchasing flowers, plant some in your own yard! Instead of buying chocolate, what if you made delicious homemade desserts? Your little ones will have a blast and you’ll save money along the way.

Exercise Together

What better day than Valentine’s Day to get a heart-healthy workout in with the kids?! This doesn’t have to be intense and boring … make it enjoyable! Several fun ways to exercise include:

  • Bike a nature trail
  • Climb a hill
  • Go on a hike
  • Have a relay race
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Play tag

Of course, a great way to exercise is to roller skate! When you skate, you get the same benefits as running except it’s much easier on the joints. Plus you can enjoy Valentine’s Day treats while you spend the special day with the person (or family) you love. Check out our hours and skate with us today!

2018: The Best Year Ever!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? If you’re like a lot of people, you may have slipped up already. As the boring post-holiday weeks of January weighed on you, you may even have totally abandoned the big plans you made on December 31st. That’s ok! Stop fretting; it’s still only January. If you’re feeling a little blue, Skate World Center is here to help with tips to make the most out of the new year.

First of all, be kinder to everyone. Say “please” and “thank you.” Give sincere compliments. Ask people how they are, and listen to their response. Offer assistance. Tip a little better than normal. Exhibiting a little extra politeness can go a long way towards improving your mood and the day of everyone you meet. That means be kinder to yourself too! Rather than beat yourself up for not meeting your goals for the day (or the week, or the month) remember that tomorrow is another day to try again.

Secondly, try something new! Nothing refreshed the mind and body like new adventures. Roller skating at Skate World Center is a great place to start. Not only is it good exercise (which will help if you’re one of the people who resolved to get healthier in the new year), but it’s just plain fun. Get together with friends, family, and loved ones for some fun on the skate floor and you’ll find yourself enjoying the year that much more! Check out our hours and set up a group event or come by yourself–either way, we’ll all have a blast in 2018.

Skate Your Way to Fitness!

When the new year turned, most of us were full of optimism. We set our goals and resolutions while we were feeling hopeful and energetic. But now it’s mid-January. Between the weather and the back-to-work grind, we may not be feeling quite so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed anymore. Are your fitness resolutions falling by the wayside a bit?

Not to worry! At Skate World Center we know all about how to perk back up. Check out our tips for getting your fitness goals started (or back on track).

  • Forgive Yourself. Nobody is perfect! It’s ok to mess up. Tomorrow is another day to try again.
  • Adjust Your Expectations. Don’t assume that you’ll become a fitness guru in just a few days or weeks. A healthful lifestyle takes time to develop and practice. Create small, manageable goals for yourself and work on one or two at a time. Once they become habits, you can add more.
  • Get a Buddy. Enlist your family and friends to join you in your fitness pursuits. You’ll enjoy having someone to talk to, and it’s always helpful to have an accountability buddy.

And finally, the most important tip: find something fun. Making new habits is hard enough. Don’t make it harder! Find an exercise routine that you enjoy and you’re more likely to stick with it. Why not try roller skating? When you visit an open skate session or take some lessons at Skate World Center, you’ll reap all the benefits of skating as a workout: it burns calories, improves balance, increases endurance, and can even boost your mood.

Winter Birthday Parties are the Coolest at Skate World!

Throwing a birthday party in the winter can be tricky. Not only are people busy with the holidays, or exhausted from being busy with the holidays, but birthday kids can easily start to feel overlooked in all the holiday celebrations. At Skate World in Tallahassee, FL, we don’t ever want that to happen! We offer flexible, affordable birthday packages to take care of all of the details so you can focus on making the party special with fun themes.

Of course, your guest of honor probably has a theme in mind, such as a favorite superhero, TV show, or cartoon character. If not, check out some of our favorite themes for a winter birthday:

  • Winter Wonderland. Embrace the season! Make gingerbread houses, give out small stockings stuffed with party favors, and enjoy seasonal treats like candy canes, Christmas cookies, and hot cocoa. Small fake Christmas trees are available in almost every color–consider making ornaments and decorating a tree for the guest of honor.
  • Summer Fun. Go all the way opposite and have a summer-themed party! Add special touches like flower necklaces, sunglasses (take these off on the skate floor for safety, of course), The Beach Boys music, and even popsicles (trust us, the kids will be working up a sweat!).

No matter what theme you choose, remember that Skate World is here to help. It’s important to plan a birthday party early during these busy months, to make things easier on you and your guests, so don’t hesitate–plan your date, and then book today using our convenient online booking system!

Holiday Gift Guide for the Skaters in Your Life!

You already know that roller skates make a great gift for Christmas. What if your skater already has their own skates, or you want to give them a little something extra to go with it? Check out our Roller Skating Holiday Gift Guide from Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL!

First of all, don’t hesitate to gift another pair of skates. It’s always handy to have extras in case of loss or damage. You never know–maybe your skater has been dying for a new pair without saying anything. There are plenty of accessories that go with roller skating, as well. Look at something boring but important like a helmet or knee pads, or something more fun like special skate socks or new laces.

There are also plenty of fun treats for the roller skater in your life. Totes and bags are fun way to show off their hobby, and also useful for carrying their skating gear. T-shirts or jewelry, like charm bracelets, earrings, keyrings, and more, will show that you care about their interests.

We’re super serious about gift-giving here at Skate World Center, so we’re proud to announce our new pro shop special for 2017: if you buy a pair of skates from us, we’ll give you a Skate World Center gift card for the same amount you spend! We offered this special last Christmas, and the response was so positive we just had to do it again. Come check out our pro shop anytime we’re open, and give your favorite roller skater a double gift of their own skates plus plenty of time on the skate floor!

Nominate Your School for a Roller Skating Grant!

Teachers and educators, are you looking for more ways to raise money to support your school’s educational programs? Good news: the Roller Skating Foundation has released its 2018 grant application.thoughts

The Roller Skating Foundation grants are designed to do several things: promote physical fitness and the sport of roller skating, support schools with financial needs, provide scholarships for students in high school or undergraduate programs, and encourage creative approaches to educational objectives and fitness-related goals. For 2018 there will be several grants available for schools, educators, and volunteers. Grants will begin at $250, and your school or class could be a recipient!

The Roller Skating Foundation will consider three factors when making grant determinations. Of course, this is a skating organization, so priority is given to projects focused on roller skating, physical fitness, and/or physical education. The financial needs of the school in question will be a factor. The creativity and innovation of the proposed project also play a role. Have you always wanted to take your kids to one of our STEM field trips? Here’s your chance to make that happen!

The application deadline is January 10th, 2018, and decisions will be made by February 10th. The grant application can be found here and can be edited in Adobe Reader for ease. With the holidays and end of term chaos, it’s easy for things to get lost in the shuffle. Don’t let that happen to you–start today! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our staff at Skate World Center!

Show Your Thanks by Giving Back

As we head into the holiday season, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by commercialism. After all, the holidays are about presents, right? Not necessarily! This year, join Skate World Center to show your thanks by giving back.

Volunteering at a young age is a great way to learn the value of helping others and refocus on gratitude and family togetherness during this hectic time of year. It can also help encourage kids to feel empowered to change the world for the better. The habits kids learn now will serve them through their lives, so why not start volunteering with your kids?giving back

The trick to encouraging community service in your kids is to find age-appropriate, fun activities that you can do together. Your school, church, scout troop, work, or other organization may have opportunities already in the works. Otherwise, try these ideas:

  • Call your local animal shelters, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other volunteer-based nonprofits to ask what kind of help they need that your family can provide.
  • Join Skate World Center on November 10th for our Veteran’s Day Skate! Bring a donation for Veteran’s Village and get free admission.
  • Pack simple, shelf-stable bagged lunches (no mayonnaise or anything that could spoil!) to give out to those that need it. As the weather gets colder, consider adding chemical hand warmers.
  • Participate in organized fundraisers. Many charity 5k runs include a “fun run” or “toddler trot” option for young kids and families.
  • Skip the presents this Christmas or birthday and ask friends and family to donate to a good cause instead.

No matter how you choose to give back, remember to reward your little helpers afterward with fun activities like an open skate session at Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL.